Orioles beat Tigers 3-1, handing them 1st loss

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Tillman had more strikeouts (five) than the Tigers had hits (four) against him through eight innings.

After Tillman got Cabrera to ground out for the first out in the ninth, he gave up a double to Martinez that brought the fans to their feet. Hunter then struck out Austin Jackson for the second out of the inning and got Tyler Collins to bounce out for the last one.

Torii Hunter homered for the third straight game - for the first time since 2006 - to make it 1-0 Tigers.

Baltimore tied it at 1 in the sixth inning when Nelson Cruz doubled home Jones, who also hit a double. The Orioles went ahead 3-1 in the ninth after Al Alburquerque replaced Verlander and allowed Matt Wieters to homer.

The Tigers scored 17 runs and had 30 hits in the previous two wins against Baltimore, but were kept quiet at the plate in the series finale.

“Bats cooled a little bit, but I think that had more to do with Tillman than anything else,” Ausmus said after his first loss.

NOTES: Orioles stay on the road to play the New York Yankees on Monday afternoon. … Ausmus was the first to begin his career with four straight win since Clint Hurdle of Colorado and Jerry Royster of Milwaukee both did it in 2002.

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